Some thoughts before departure...

  • I am still not a vet, doctor, lawyer, dog trainer, cia agent, fbi agent or a navy seal so...walk
  • I am doing this for the challenge of course, and I hope to gain a confidence that comes with this type of endeavor. But also I hope to gain some new knowledge about the world and the truths that reside in it.
  • Am I walking to "find myself"? Or just to take a walk. You decide...and you'll probably be right.
  • I'm not in the best shape of my life, but I do have a lot of new great gear so....
  • After living with my parents the last 2 years, it makes perfect sense to walk 2650 miles - alone.
  • Yes there will be bears, cougars, rattlesnakes and scorpions both imagined and real along the way. I'm definitely more worried about those imagined.
  • Am I scared? Not as of yet, more of just a constantly increasing anticipation. But check back with me on the 3rd night in the desert.
  • I tried to keep my pack fairly light, but I definitely would not call it ultralight. Somehow when I added up all my ultralight gear and put it in my ultralight pack, I ended up with just slightly heavy.
  • My biggest concern for this trip is that I get too hungry somewhere along the way, my brain goes awol as it usually does when I get hungry and subsequently you never hear from me again...I'll try to eat frequently.
  • I am not Christopher McCandless. This is not Into the Wild.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Old school meets new school

Day 82, Mile 1344.8 -100.2 by car---Today worked out much better than i planned, or imagined. Did the 3.1 miles this morning in just under an hour. Waited around for Chuck and Tigger past ten. A woman named Frodo who thru hiked last year and is now a trail angel in San Diego was up in Old Station taking over for another trail angel while she is on vacation. Yeah i know, its complicated and it's like they have a network or something. Anyway she was bringing some bikes out to a couple who wanted to do a ride around the fire. She had room on her way back into Quincy so me and a couple (Will and Julia) got a ride while the others waited for Chuck and Tigger. Turned out to be a good move because when i got into Quincy Chuck and Tigger were just getting there around 11 with a load who skipped from Sierra City to Chester and they had yet to go out to Quincy-La porte road. After i did my resupply shopping i was in front of the Safeway and got approached by a guy asking if anyone needed to go to Chester as he was heading that way. He said he could fit 3 so i ran(walked briskly) across the parking lot and got Will and Julia. I thought, this is great, first i don't have to wait for Chuck and Tigger and now i don't have to wait for the 1:15 bus, and it got better. This guy Taro was his name thru-hiked in 95' and so being a hiker himself he knew what we needed. I got a burger and fries and a strawberry-banana shake from the Pine Shake Shack. Took Will and Julia to the market, and got me to a payphone to call madre. All that and he had us back on trail by 3:15. He and his dog Pocket walked in about 1.5 miles with us as well before turning back. Just a great guy and a wonderful serendipitous thing. Two rides from two former thru-hikers, got some tips and some reassurances. Oregon looks as though it will go by fast. They both confirmed that i could make up some time through Oregon doing 25-30 mile days and it shouldn't be too taxing. That is of course if the rain stays away. I am camped tonight next to the north fork of the Feather River. A couple, "Ridgewalker "and "Accent," and also "Don't panic "are camped here as well; Julia & Will are just up the hill. We all cooked closer to our tents then i usually like, so as an added precaution i hung my food off the bridge over the water. I am realizing now it is probably not the best idea. If a bear decides to attempt a retrieval from the bridge it could snap the line and there goes all my food, toiletries, and kitchen (pot,stove,fuel etc.) into the river. Yeah, that would be bad. Well "Don't panics "food is right next to him and he is cowboying so maybe that will keep a potential bears' interest. Alright i am up way too late and wrote way too much. Thought of the day; the kindness of strangers makes you feel as though they are not strangers at all. Song of the day; oh something don't know what you've got til its gawn...they paved paradise and put up a paaaarking lot - by you guessed it, i have no clue. Craving of the day; the burger, fries, and shake i had times 2, possibly 3.

JWC on the PCT


Mom & Dad said...

jesse, what amazing "trail magic" you are experience-ing out there!

Did you get a picture of Taro and Pocket?

"Paved Paradise"
by Joni Mitchell

Anonymous said...

"Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell:
"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone -
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot"

Mom & Dad said...

I stand corrected on your song of the day!!